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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urías, third in the voting for the National League Cy Young Award in the Major Leagues (MLB), heads the list of the Mexican team that will face the World Baseball Classic next March.
The call revealed this Thursday by Benjamín Gil, manager of Mexico, is made up mostly of players from Big Top organizations, except for pitcher César Vargas, second baseman Roberto Valenzuela and outfielder José Cardona, from the Sultans of Monterrey. of the Mexican Baseball League (LMB), and Samuel Zazueta, pitcher for the Tijuana Bulls of the same circuit.
Outstanding names for Mexico and location in the World Classic
Other names that stand out in the 30 players named by Gil are the Cuban-Mexican of the Tampa Bay Rays Randy Arozarena, American League Rookie of the Year for the 2021 MLB season; Rowdy Tellez, who hit 35 home runs last season with the Milwaukee Brewers, and Alejandro Kirk, who last year with the Toronto Blue Jays was the best catcher with the bat in MLB.
Mexico is in Group C of the World Classic, along with Colombia, the United States, Great Britain and Canada.
These are those summoned by Benjamín Gil:
launchers: Erubiel Armenta, Taijuan Walker and Jesús Cruz (Philadelphia Phillies), Javier Assad (Chicago Cubs), Luis Cessa and Wilmer Ríos (Cincinnati Reds), Giovanny Gallegos and JoJo Romero (Saint Louis Cardinals), Adrián Martínez (Oakland Athletics), Gerardo Reyes and Patrick Sandoval (Los Angeles Angels), Jake Sánchez (San Diego Padres), Julio Urías (Los Angeles Dodgers), José Urquidy (Houston Astros), César Vargas (Sultanes de Monterrey) and Samuel Zazueta (Toros de Tijuana).
Receivers: Austin Barnes (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Alejandro Kirk (Toronto Blue Jays).
infielders: Jonathan Aranda and Isaac Paredes (Tampa Bay Rays), Rowdy Téllez and Luis Urías (Milwaukee Brewers), Alan Trejo (Colorado Rockies) and Roberto Valenzuela (Sultanes de Monterrey).
Gardeners: Randy Arozarena (Tampa Bay Rays), José Cardona (Sultanes de Monterrey), Jarren Durán and Alex Verdugo (Boston Red Sox), Joey Meneses (Washington Nationals) and Alek Thomas (Arizona Diamondbacks.
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